Difference Between CLAT, AILET and LSAT

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiPublished On: September 24, 2020 | CLAT

CLAT, AILET and LSAT are the three popular law entrance exams. No negative marking is applicable for AILET and LSAT. All three exams comprise multiple choice questions.


Law, being one of the recession-free and popular fields in India, is in good demand among the students. There are various good colleges in India that offer some of the best Law programmes at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Admission to all these good law colleges is done on the basis of entrance exams.

Law aspirants often wonder the exam they should give in order to get admission in one of the top law colleges in the country. CLAT, AILET and LSAT are some of the most popular law entrance exams. This article provides a comparison between these three exams.

Difference Between CLAT, AILET and LSAT

One of the major differences between CLAT, AILET, and LSAT is that all of these exams are held for giving admission to students in different universities and colleges. CLAT is used for admission to the National Law Universities (NLUs), IP University, etc. Many law institutes accept CLAT for conducting admissions. AILET is held by the National Law University of Delhi and it is considered only for law admissions in NLU Delhi. LSAT, on the other hand, enables students to take admission at the various private law universities in India.

Check the table given below to know the basic details about CLAT, AILET, and LSAT.

Duration2 hours (120 minutes)1 hour 30 minutes2 hour 20 minutes
Mode of ExamOnline modePaper-pencil modePaper-pencil mode
Level of EntranceUndergraduate and PostgraduateUndergraduateUndergraduate and Post-graduate
Number of Questions150150 + 1 Essay92 to 100
Exam Sections
  • Constitutional Law (50 Questions)
  • Jurisprudence (50 Questions)
  • Other law subjects (50 Questions)

Objective Type MCQs (100 Questions):

  • General Knowledge
  • Numerical Ability
  • Legal Aptitude
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Analytical Reasoning (24 to 25 Questions)
  • 1st Logical Reasoning (24 to 25 Questions)
  • 2nd Logical Reasoning (24 to 25 Questions)
  • Reading Comprehension (24 to 25 Questions)
Number of Participating Institutes22 NLUs+other private law collegesNLU Delhi80
Negative Marking0.25 marks deducted for each questionNot ApplicableNot Applicable
Level of DifficultyThe level of questions is moderate, however, it is difficult to keep up with the time limit. Also, negative marking is applicable to this exam. With enough practice, you will manage to attempt the appropriate number of questions in order to clear the exam.AILET is a difficult exam in terms of competition. The number of students applying for this exam is more as compared to the number of seats available. Therefore securing a seat becomes tough.Although the time provided for the number of questions in the exam is enough, the difficulty level of the questions is high. LSAT offers more complicated questions, therefore, a good amount of practice is required to clear the exam.

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Preparation Strategy:

Since all the above exams comprise multiple-choice questions, time is of utmost importance. Apart from preparing for the exams subject-wise, you must also give various mock test for better understanding of the exam pattern. It is also important to note that negative marking is applicable for CLAT, therefore, students must attempt the question paper accordingly.

Exam to Choose:

It is advisable to appear for all three exams if you are applying for undergraduate law programmes. Appearing for multiple will open up more options for you and you can approach more law colleges for admission. With a year’s preparation, you will be able to crack all the exams with a good score as there is not much difference in the overall syllabus.

Top Law Colleges Accepting CLAT 

The table given below provides a list of the best law colleges in India that accept CLAT for conducting admissions, apart from the National Law Universities.

Name of the Institute


Amity University

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Shobhit University

Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

ISBR Law College

Bangalore, Karnataka

Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Indore Institute of Law

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Lloyd Law College

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Alliance School of Law, Alliance University

Bangalore, Karnataka

Xavier Law School, Xavier University

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies

New Delhi, Delhi

ICFAI Law School, ICFAI University

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Top Law Colleges Accepting AILET

Apart from NLU Delhi, many other leading law colleges in India accept AILET scores for their admission process.

Name of the Institute


Faculty of Law, SRM University

Sonepat, Haryana

International School of Management Excellence (ISME) Law College

Bangalore, Karnataka

Xavier Law School, Xavier University

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

School of Law, The Northcap University

Gurugram, Haryana

Ansal University

Gurgaon, Haryana

Top Law Colleges Accepting LSAT India

Check the table given below to know the law colleges in India that accept LSAT India scores for their admissions.

Name of the Institute


O.P Jindal Global University

Sonepat, Haryana

Faculty of Law, MIT-World Peace University (MIT-WPU)

Pune. Maharashtra

IFIM Law School

Bangalore, Karnataka

School of Law, Jagran Lakecity University (JLU)

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Indore Institute of Law 

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Faculty of Law, Manav Rachna University

Faridabad, Haryana

Vellore Institute of Technology

Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Bennett University (Times of India Group)

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

GITAM School of Law, GITAM (Deemed to be University)

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

School of Law and Constitutional Studies, Shobhit Deemed University

Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

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